2016 Study Demonstrates Moringa Improves Athletic Endurance

by Anna O'Byrne February 13, 2017

2016 Study Demonstrates Moringa Improves Athletic Endurance

One of the many things people love about Moringa oleifera is its effects on energy. People who use SuperLeaf Moringa tell us they notice a difference in how they feel everyday.

This is not surprising, given that Moringa is loaded with iron and vitamin B2, both of which are essential for energy.  

How does this translate to proven results? A 2016 study gives us more insight than ever before.

In the open-access, peer-reviewed journal or Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity we can learn how moringa leaf extract was demonstrated to increase energy in a lab setting.

A word of warning: this is an animal study, and we don't love that either. The methods described sound at best uncomfortable for the rats, possibly worse.

Here's the thing: Moringa is proven safe, so there's no reason to prefer animal studies over human studies.

Here's How the Researchers Tested Moringa

Four groups of rats were fed a controlled diet for 28 days. One group was given a standard laboratory diet, and the other three groups were given different amounts of Moringa leaf extract, by body weight. One group was given 100 mg/kg, another 200 mg/kg, and another 400mg/kg. 

On day 28, eight rats from each dietary group were subjected to a forced swimming test with a tail weight equal to 10% of the rat's body weight. (Not nice.)

The remaining eight rats per group were tested during a 90-minute free swim. (Who freely swims for 90 minutes?)

The researchers tested biochemical indicators of performance. Maximum swimming time, glycemia, lactamia, uremia, triglyceridemia, hepatic and muscle glycogen, hematological parameters, and oxidative stress parameters (superoxide dismutase, catalase, reduced glutathione, and malondialdehyde) were measured. 

How Did Moringa Improve Performance?

The results reinforce what fans of Moringa tell us. The groups who were given Moringa leaf extract for 28 days showed increased maximum swimming time, blood hemoglobin, blood glucose, and hepatic and muscle glycogen reserves.

"The extract also increased the activity of antioxidant enzymes and decreased the blood concentrations of malondialdehyde." Malongdialdehyde is a marker of oxidative stress, which in short, is something we don't want.  

Moringa oleifera also decreased:

  • blood concentrations of lactate (lactic acid is what burns when we exercise);
  • triglycerides (fats associated with heart disease and metabolic syndrome);
  • and urea (a chemical waste, too much of which can signal kidney failure).

Here's what the researchers say their study proves: "In conclusion, the antifatigue properties of M. oleifera extract are demonstrated by its ability to improve body energy stores and tissue antioxidant capacity and to reduce the tissue build-up of lactic acid."

These are remarkably clear and encouraging results. In a lab setting, Moringa improves althletic performance and reduces physical stress from intense exercise.

Now, how about some human studies so we can leave the poor rats alone?

How Much Moringa Leaf Powder Do I Need to Take for Energy?

To put the study in perspective, note that researchers were using leaf extract.

Leaf powder extracts are made by tincturing Moringa leaf powder with water, alcohol or glycerin. An extract is thus not the same as a leaf powder. Some of the nutrients are more concentrated, but some are lost, including chlorophyll and certain co-enzymes. Think of extract as a more processed form of Moringa leaf powder.

In the study, the subjects were given 100 to 400 mg of extract per kg of body weight. A 50 kg person would need to take 5,000 to 20,000 mg to get the same results. This is 5 to 20 grams of Moringa.

We usually recommend 5 - 10 grams of Moringa leaf powder a day, so the intake described in the study is completely within the bounds of normal use. Some people take much more, just like some people eat a lot more kale than others!

Again, leaf extract may be different than leaf powder, but not necessarily better, more potent, or more concentrated in nutrients. We can reasonably expect the same results from using less processed moringa leaf powder.

Get your SuperLeaf Moringa powder from our online store, and get started enjoying the benefits!


Lamou B1, Taiwe GS2, Hamadou A3, Abene3, Houlray J3, Atour MM2, Tan PV1. Antioxidant and Antifatigue Properties of the Aqueous Extract of Moringa oleifera in Rats Subjected to Forced Swimming Endurance Test. Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2016;2016:3517824. doi: 10.1155/2016/3517824. Epub 2016 Jan 19.

Anna O'Byrne
Anna O'Byrne


Anna O'Byrne is co-author of The Moringa Breakthrough, and part of the team behind SuperLeaf™ Moringa. She manages the social media, writes web content and runs digital marketing for SuperLeaf™ Moringa and Natural Calm Canada.

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